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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Excerpts from Hillary Clinton's new book Living History were made public on Wednesday, revealing to the public her shock at then-President Bill Clinton's lie about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and that the Whitewater scandal was not real.Yet again, a re-hash of the Clinton years generated incredulity from critics and heated defense from Clinton supporters. Speculation is rampant that Hillary is addressing the past now both to make money for her publisher and to set herself up for a White House run in 2004 or 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pair of political analysts Monday said it's an opportune time for moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress to consider switching to the Republican Party.Before the November election, political watchers were speculating about potential party switches that might secure the Senate in Democratic hands or flip it to GOP control.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican plans to give more control to states and provide hiring flexibility for religious groups administering Head Start have Democrats steamed and hinting at their Senate trump card.At issue are GOP provisions in the School Readiness Act (H.R. 2210) that create a five-year pilot program allowing eight states to coordinate Head Start with their own pre-kindergarten programs and authorize religious institutions administering Head Start to discriminate in their hiring practices.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats are lambasting the president's economic stimulus package as a tax cut for the rich, but one group of Americans typically favored by lawmakers of both political parties stand to benefit most of all-senior citizens.Nearly half of all savings from the dividend exclusion proposed by President Bush would go to seniors 65 years of age and older, according to the administration. And the average tax savings for the 9.8 million seniors now receiving dividend income would be $936 per return.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fearful that a federal law defining marriage could be struck down by future court decisions, Senate Republicans on Thursday held a hearing on how Congress can permanently ban same-sex marriages. Amending the U.S. Constitution is the most effective plan, some believe. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has already said he would support a federal marriage amendment. But that idea is drawing fire from Democrats and homosexual activists and proving controversial even among conservatives and federalists.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the heels of Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's cautionary notes about the need for economic stimulus and the dangers of allowing budget deficits to get out of hand, liberal groups have formed a coalition focused on thwarting the centerpiece of President Bush's economic recovery plan, the dividend tax cut.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When the Senate reconvenes in September, Democratic leaders hope to pass a bill forcing insurers to offer equal in-network coverage for mental health care, but critics warn federal mandates won't improve mental health care.Congress already passed a health care parity law back in 1996 that prohibited health insurers who offer coverage for mental illnesses from setting different annual and lifetime benefits for those illnesses than they do for physical illnesses.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With another war looming and the next presidential election year approaching, many doubt that America's senior citizens will get their hoped-for Medicare prescription drug benefit this year.The House and Senate budget committees have started putting together a budget that includes a drug benefit, President Bush's long-term reforms and cost containment measures.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Phoenix (CNSNews.com) - Gun rights activists say the outcome of the 2002 mid-term election will be critical in determining the fate of a handful of important gun bills pending in Congress.Issues that hang in the balance include arming airline pilots; not placing undue regulations on private or gun show sales; preempting municipal lawsuits against gun manufacturers; repealing the Clinton-era ban on certain semi-automatic guns; and preventing efforts to ban .50-caliber rifles.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congress is back from spring recess this week, but there's no sign yet that Republican moderates in the Senate will consent to increasing President Bush's tax cut above the $350 billion mark. That's less than half of the original $726 billion, 10-year dividend tax cut and still well below the House-passed $550 billion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale famously (and disastrously) promised tax hikes in his 1984 presidential campaign. "We're going to tax their a** off," Mondale allegedly whispered to fellow Democrat and former Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski during the Democratic convention that year (as recounted in the 1987 book Showdown At Gucci Gulch).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Think Republicans are the small government party? Federal domestic spending rose eight percent from 2001 to 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at a time when the GOP controlled the White House and the U.S. House.A decade ago, when Democrats controlled all of Congress and the presidency, spending rose 4.8 percent from 1993 to 1994.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With homeland security one of the top concerns of federal agencies, America's businesses are increasingly concerned about forthcoming regulations that could prove complex and costly.Businesses and their lawyers are already taking steps to make sure regulators don't trample on American businesses and their rights in the name of security.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the House of Representatives Thursday readied for a vote on whether to allow drug importation from Canada and other price-control countries, a split amongst free market advocates remained un-mended.While most Republicans oppose the plan (H.R. 2427) sponsored by Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) and brought to the floor via the maneuvering of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), a small number of conservatives took a different tact.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush economic stimulus plan, which would end double taxation on dividend income and expand tax breaks for small businesses, is being labeled by congressional Democrats as a giveaway to rich taxpayers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies that the Senate will vote the week of Sept. 15 on a resolution of disapproval, which would reverse the FCC decision, not the appropriations bill applying to the Commerce, Justice and State Departments.)(CNSNews.com) - The quality of television programming pumped into America's living rooms hangs in the balance, judging from the ongoing debate over whether to let big media companies gobble up more market share.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans on Thursday re-introduced a bill banning a late-term abortion procedure dubbed "partial birth" abortion. The House and Senate have previously passed such a ban, but President Clinton vetoed the measure in 1998. This time, Republicans control the presidency and both chambers of Congress, but the major stumbling block for a partial birth abortion ban could be the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans may lose their monopoly on the top state offices in Texas, despite the fact that President Bush remains popular in his home state, political analysts said.The outcome of two key races could also diminish the GOP's national agenda. After all, not only is the party defending 23 of 36 governorships to be voted on this November, but one loss in the evenly divided U.S. Senate could mean the difference between regaining control of the chamber or else continuing under Majority Leader Tom Daschle's (D-S.D.) agenda.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite skepticism from teacher unions and other interest groups, the Bush administration is developing national teacher certification standards to encourage states to get skilled industry professionals into the teaching profession, end teacher shortages and fulfill the goals of the president's No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for reducing barriers and increasing standards for entering the teaching field.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both major political parties are citing issue and tactical advantages that will produce Election Day victories in enough Senate races to win control of the chamber, which Democrats now enjoy by a one-vote majority.